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DGL Licorice Puremints



Meltzer’s Licorice

Meltzer’s Licorice Puremints pastilles contain natural licorice root that has had most of the glycerrhizinic compounds removed. This special kind of licorice is called DGL Licorice (deglycerrhized licorice). We chose this licorice, both for its quality and as well its natural, full-bodied licorice root flavor. We blend it with our custom peppermint oil for the optimum combination that will make your taste buds tingle. The formula is further enhanced with Anise seed, Cardamom, and Fennel for the most delicious, full-bodied licorice mint available. These herbs and spices are also known for their traditional effects as spices in helping with digestion. Like all of our oils and herbs, our DGL Licorice contains absolutely nothing artificial. It is Pure and Natural which is something Meltzer’s is committed to and takes pride in for all of our mints. Also, Meltzer’s Licorice was not produced using Propylene glycol, a controversial solvent often used in flavor or flavor oil manufacture, nor was our Licorice gamma-irradiated.

With Anise, Cardamom, and Fennel; Warm, pungent, and full bodied. This is how licorice is supposed to taste - not super sweet with just a ‘licorice-like’ candy flavor. Licorice has a natural, full-bodied and aromatic character – loading it up with additional sweeteners, whether natural or artificial, destroys the flavor of true Licorice. Meltzer’s goes all out with our top of the line licorice Puremints pastilles made with real DGL licorice root not just flavor. Meltzer's licorice mints uses a special type of licorice called DGL (deglycerrhized) Licorice. DGL Licorice is particularly known for it's healthy & beneficial aspects on digestion. Licorice lovers will fall in love with these true licorice mints – even red licorice lovers who swear to not like black licorice have converted after tasting Meltzer’s Licorice mints!

Traditional Use

Licorice root has been used traditionally for several thousand years in Western and Eastern cultures, both for flavor and for its health supportive properties, particularly in the area digestion and stomach health. Licorice has also been used as a tonic and to balance other herbs in a formula. Licorice is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide. In Chinese formulas it is the single most used herb and in the West, Licorice comes in as the 10th most important herb for health support. Meltzer's licorice mints contain real DGL (deglycerrhized) licorice root extract that contains the true components of real licorice root. Licorice-like flavors do not contain these natural components and mimic licorice as just a flavor.

Quality and Blend

Meltzer's licorice mints use a special kind of Licorice root called "Deglycerrhized Licorice" (DGL for short). DGL Licorice is particularly known for its beneficial effects on digestion and the stomach. DGL Licorice also has a wonderful flavor with just the right warmth and depth. Meltzer's DGL Licorice mints are of the highest quality. Our DGL Licorice extract is standardized to ensure consistent quality batch to batch so our mints are consistently & deliciously potent.

Growing Conditions

There are several varieties of Licorice that are native to the Mediterranean region, central to southern Russia, and Asia minor to Iran. Licorice is now grown in plantations and is imported from the former USSR, Iran, Turkey and China.

Chemical Components

Licorice root contains a variety of compounds, the main ones belonging to a group called triterenoid saponins. Glycyrrhizin or glycerrhizinic acid belong to this group – these compounds taste 50 to 100 times as sweet as sucrose. They also have a myriad of effects on the cardiovascular system and thus are sometimes removed from licorice. Licorice also contains many other saponins and compounds triterpenes, sterols, flavonoids, isoflavonoids, and coumestanes.

Glycyrrhizin or glycerrhizinic acids

These compounds, when taken in large amounts over a prolonged period of time, can lead to a variety of symptoms including hypertension and cardiac disorders. The problem often disappears when stopping ingestion of these compounds. Thus, frequent licorice root intake needs to be limited both in quantity and duration. DGL (deglycerrhized) Licorice, however, contains very little of these compounds. Meltzer's DGL Licorice mints contain a very high quality DGL Licorice root extract. This give Meltzer's Licorice mints an exceptionally full-bodied, true licorice flavor in addition to providing natural health & digestive benefits.


Anise seed is a pungent, earthy spice considered to be a native in the eastern Mediterranean region and western Asia. It is high in essential oil and in folk medicine has been used to support health in various ways. It is traditionally used to support digestion as well as in food and drink for its flavor. Anise is frequently added to teas and sweets, often together with fennel, another spice high in essential oil. Anise is cultivated throughout the world including southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and Mexico. Imports generally come from Turkey, Egypt and Spain.


Cardamom is spicy and warm and makes the perfect blend with licorice, fennel and anise. It has been used both for cooking as well as a traditional spice to help digestion. Its use dates back thousands of years and appears to originate in India, with many Indian texts referring to it as a flavoring and to its health supportive benefits. It is one of the most highly regarded and expensive spices, yet little is needed to impart flavor. In India and Pakistan, cardamom seeds are still offered to the gods during religious services.


Fennel is another common spice that is high in essential oils and is very similar in taste to anise and licorice. Fennel has long been used in cooking and is another spice used traditionally to support digestion and the intestines. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is now cultivated in Europe, Asia, parts of Africa and South America. Imports come from China, Egypt and Bulgaria as well as several other countries.

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